The Washington Times - May 7, 2012, 04:18PM

A White House spokesman couldn’t say Monday whether President Obama will support the re-election bid of embattled Democratic Rep. Charles B. Rangel of New York.

“I’ll have to get back to you on that,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters. He said Mr. Obama does want a Democrat to win Mr. Rangel’s seat.

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Mr. Rangel is seeking a 22nd term in spite of being found guilty of several House ethics violations. A founder of the Congressional Black Caucus, he is running in New York’s new 13th Congressional District, which once was majority-black but which become mostly Hispanic because of redistricting and neighborhood changes.

The veteran lawmaker is facing serious Democratic primary challenges from state Sen. Adriano Espaillat and Clyde Williams, a former aide in the Clinton and Obama administrations.